The thirteenth annual
Turner Wolverhampton Reunion was held at Bantock House on
20th August, 2017. The event celebrates one of
Wolverhampton’s last vehicle manufacturers, Turner Sports
Cars (Wolverhampton) Limited.
For seventy years
Wolverhampton was the centre of powered vehicle
manufacturing in the Black Country. Thousands of people
worked in vehicle production, and also for the many component
manufacturers who were essential to the industry.
Turner Sports Cars
(Wolverhampton) Limited was founded by Jack Turner, who
initially worked at the Old Smithy in Seisdon, before moving
to a small factory at 32 Merridale Street, Wolverhampton, in
1955, where production of Turner sports cars began.
The business soon moved to
larger premises at Wolverhampton's Municipal Airport. Over
the next ten years several models were introduced, and
between 650 to 700 Turner
sports cars left the factory. The venture came to an end when Jack
Turner began to suffer from ill health, towards the end of
1965. He decided to call it a day, and so manufacturing ceased.
The business went into voluntary liquidation in March
The Turner Wolverhampton
Reunion is organised by Brian Shaw, who was on hand to
answer visitor’s questions. He was assisted by other Turner
sports car owners including Russell Filby, the Turner
Registrar; Ken Robbins, an ex-Turner employee; and Ray Jones.
The cars were as follows:
|Mk 1 BMC
There was also Brian Shaw's
excellent inside display telling the story of Jack
Turner and his cars, including some of their many racing achievements. As usual
it was an excellent day with excellent company, and
first class refreshments provided by Bantock café.
Sports Car Register has a website at: